Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Boil In The Bag

Perhaps a little over dressed: note the steam rising from me

Other things have keept me away from blogging for the last few weeks but rest assured dear reader I've not fallen off the edge of the world. I did make it out of town for an 'Armed Ramble' the The Bambi Basher and McShug. With the season over we took the guns and dogs to look for Pigeons and Squirrels. Is it just me or are Squirrels much rarer after last years cold winter? Our bag for the morning was Zip Ziltch, Nada but as you probably know a crap mornings hunting beats any morning at the office so the outing was a great success. I took the opportunity to 'test some gear' AKA wear clothes.

As the thaw was underway and temperature was above freezing it was still too warm for a proper test, I boiled in the bag.

Lundhags Ranger Boots
I can see how a pair of made to measure boots could be a more custom fit, but I cant see how they could be any better made or more waterproof. I wanted a pair of Lundhags for over twenty years and went through a couple of pairs of of half decent boots, and several pairs of mil-surp boots in that time. These are very very good, not cheap, but very very good.

Mini Bambi Basher gave me a hand testing the ESS goggles

RedRam Thermals
Very good indeed, and sadly it would seem very delicious to that evil predator Tineola bisselliella, the Clothes Moth!

As we set off for home McShug very kindly produced this from his pocket, "shot last week so it hums a bit, but I know you wanted to try one" Now hanging from the Gas Cock in my basement. Ripening.

More tales of feral failure, reviews and of course a traditional Woodcock recipe to follow
Your pal


McShug said...

Arr the long nosed wood pigion. Good to see you again old chap, next time I will bring the Gopro I promise.

Anonymous said...

Happy to see your still here but in all honesty we as bloggers sometimes have other things to do so I understand.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


Good to see you again, we should to a filmed bunny hunt, on the way back I saw loads and loads of them from the train.


The Suburban Bushwacker said...


I did so well last year with bumping up the number of post and then this year...

Hippo said...

Just to let you know I am alive and on line again. When I say alive, I am riddled with a bad case of Malaria and so is little Alex. Will blog when I get better.


The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Good news, well the alive and online bit anyway
Get well soon

hodgeman said...

Come on up if you need colder weather to test that parka out.... we had -63F last week. A significant drop from our "normal" of -30F.

Sorry to hear about coming up empty...

Explain "ripening" a bird by hanging it whole...isn't that "souring"?

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


I've always wanted to, but alas...

It would seem that the tradition with woodcock is extremely well hung, as in 'put a nail through its beak and when the bird falls to the floor leaving only the head still nailed to the wall its done', I'm not sure if I'll be permitted to go quite that far this time, but I'll keep you posted,